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UFOs Essay, Research Paper

UFOs: ?What are they??

In the past fifty years, UFO sightings have shot up in numbers. Now that there are

enough witnesses, we can try to find out what or who these UFOs really are. When asked

about the incidents, the government would make something up for an explanation instead

of telling the truth. It?s up to people like you and me to find out what really happened.

The number of sightings of UFOs in the United States alone is phenomenal. Even

though it has been determined that many photographs of flying objects, discs, and lights at

night have been hoaxes, modern video footage taken by several different people is

considered to be authentic. At a Texas airshow, many spectators got video of what was

believed to be a UFO in broad daylight (Omni 54).

The states where UFO sightings are most prominent are California, Texas,

Washington, Oregon, the Gulf Coast States, and some New England States (Ritchie 220).

An interesting fact about these areas is that they are on or near the ocean or some other

body of water. Although the area is not near a major body of water, the desert in the

western states (mainly Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico) seems to be a leading area in

sightings. In Nevada?s desert, the government is supposedly housing a crashed UFO in a

place called Area 51, which may explain some of the sightings.

UFOs sighted have many different shapes and sizes according to witnesses. The

Adamski Saucer, referring to George Adamski?s drawing from a personal experience, is

described as a round disk with portholes around the circumference of a dome in the center

and three-ball landing gear (Ritchie 3). Another type of spacecraft commonly described is

the Saturn Shape. The Saturn Shape has a round circular body bisected by a disk in the

middle (Ritchie 183).

Hundreds of people around the world have also encountered UFOs. The countries

where sightings are commonly reported are Australia, several Asian countries, Great

Britain, Germany, and many other European countries (Ritchie 221). UFOs have even

been sighted in space by astronauts. NASA?s code name for UFOs is Santa Claus.

There are many different types of beings encountered in abductions and sightings.

The majority of abductees claim to have seen a humanoid type alien with a large

egg-shaped head, long, skinny arms and legs, large blackeyes, and slit-like mouths and

nostrils. Characteristics of other aliens are insect-like features, clothed or unclothed, and

hairless bodies.

There are a number of documented UFO incidents ranging from abductions to

crashes. The following are three well-known incidents in the UFO community: In Roswell,

New Mexico, on the evening of July 2, 1947, many witnessed a large lit object streak

across the sky and disappear just outside of Roswell. The next day, a local man was

driving near town and sighted a huge wreckage. When local authorities arrived, they

contacted the federal government. Within days, the wreckage was cleaned up and those

who saw it were told to keep quiet, or else. After the media questioned the government as

to what it was, the government replied that it was a weather balloon that had crashed.

Many years later, eyewitnesses gave descriptions of the wreckage. They said that the

material the craft was made of was like that they had never seen before. Some of it looked

like tin-foil but would not tear or permanently crease. Other material had what resembled

hieroglyphics written along the side. Along with the wreckage were three or four small

alien bodies. They were completely hairless and were wearing tight-fitting, gray outfits.

The pieces of the craft and the bodies were supposedly transported to an army base in

Michigan that has very high security. The government?s clean up and cover up of the

incident was done in a matter of two weeks (Ritchie 178).

Albert Bender, a supervisor at an industrial firm in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has

been abducted several times. He said that he can communicate with the aliens using

telepathy. The aliens supposedly gave him a disk-shaped object that fit in his hand. When

holding the object, they told him to say the word ?Kazik? while his radio was on. By doing

this, he could contact the aliens at any time. Bender also said the alien beings have a huge

cavern of ice in Antarctica. When he was taken there, he met a being called the ?exalted

one? who was neither male nor female. Again Bender was able to communicate

telepathically with the alien. He asked the ?exalted one? many questions, some related to

God and spirituality. When asked if God was real, the being replied that God is just

something thought up by man, and Christ was just a man who was a follower of this idea.

(Ritchie 27.) The ?exalted one?s? hostility toward our God may suggest that the so-called

aliens are really demonic creatures trying to deceive humankind. After Bender?s alleged

abductions, he was returned home with the sensation of extreme cold and the smell of

burning sulfur.

Another incident took place near Levelland, Texas, on November 2, 1957. Several

people saw what they described to be an egg-shaped craft illuminated by bright lights fly

across the sky and land. Some witnesses encountered the craft while driving. Their radios

would cut out and the car?s engines would shut off. Then the people would see the craft

lift off the ground and take off across the sky. The car engines would then start up again

and the radios worked just fine. The ship was estimated to be two hundred feet long

(Omni 47).

Hundreds of people have reported being abducted by aliens and experimented on

or questioned. One of those people is Betty Andreasson. She claims she has been abducted

several times. One of the first times she was visited, she witnessed the alien beings pass

through a wall uninhibited. They took her to another world where she saw a huge area

filled with green vegetation and a palace made of crystal. Andreasson also says she saw

different types of stalks with no heads and small, pale bodies. She was also physically

probed and examined. Andreasson would then find herself back in her home slightly dazed

(Time Life 9).

Travis Walton and about six other men were driving out of the woods one night

after a day of cutting lumber. They all saw a light glowing behind the trees. When they

reached it, it was a large craft hovering in the air. Travis was drawn to it and he started

walking toward it. When he stopped, the craft shot a beam of light at him, and he flew

backward. The other men took off, but when they went back for him, he was gone. Eight

days later, they found him naked and curled up outside a gas station. Travis said they

examined him and took him to a hangar-like room full of capsules with bodies in them.

The aliens then left him naked and in the rain until someone found him (Time Life 23). In

so many of the abduction cases, people say they were examined and probed by the aliens.

What are they trying to learn about humans?

To get detailed descriptions of alien abductions, UFO investigators are using

hypnosis to recover the memories of the abductee (Time Life 27). Centuries ago,

magicians used hypnosis to amaze and amuse crowds. Now hypnosis is used in crime

investigations, therapy, scientific experimentation, and recovering lost memories. Due to

the fact that a person under hypnosis is susceptible to suggestion, that person?s account of

what happened may be a fanciful dillusion, which makes some people unsure of hypnosis?

credibility. (Ritchie 107).

In 1969, the U.S. Air Force ceased investigation of UFOs and related phenomena.

Now it is up to individual people to search on their own without the government?s help.

When choosing a case to investigate, people usually look for one that has been witnessed

by more than one person and has been reported in local media (Omni 48). If a good

present-day case can?t be found, look for one that took place in the past but has not been

solved (Omni 52). Although many books have been written on UFOs, and the

phenomenon has been investigated, no one has answered the question ?Who or what are

they?? yet.

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